LibriVox recording of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.
Read by Mil Nicholson
Our Mutual Friend, the last novel completed by Charles Dickens, has many plots, twists and turns, from the murky river Thames to the gold and crystal on the tables of ‘Society’. A tale of murder, treachery, jealousy and love, takes us first to a rowing boat on the Thames, where the Hexhams have found a body in the water and are bringing it to shore. We attend the Boffins, a poor naïve couple, who unexpectedly have just become wealthy, after their employer dies and names them in his will. Silas Wegg becomes their ‘literary man’ and John Rokesmith, a mysterious man, becomes their secretary. We meet the Veneerings, new to society, who hold elaborate dinner parties for ‘dear friends’ they’ve never met. Bella and Lizzie, each from different walks of life, find love from unexpected quarters. The Lammles, a society couple, become match makers for their own ulterior motives. Two ne’er do well lawyers, Mortimer Lightwood and Eugene Wrayburn, find themselves caught up in intrigue, and learn how dangerous their work can be. Riderhood, a devious individual, finds himself in a dark plot with school teacher Bradley Headstone. Betty Higden, a loyal elderly woman, whose independence and love are so inspiring, our hearts go out to her. Dickens weaves together some of his most colorful and oft times hilarious characters so cleverly, that even up to the end of the story, surprises are afoot. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)
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March 2, 2015 Subject:
Not to be missed
Do yourself a favour and download this. I've listened to several Audible versions but none hold a candle to this one. Mil Nicholson does a wonderful job with a very difficult book and manages to make it both enjoyable and entertaining. Thank you for such a huge effort and commitment. Five stars aren't quite sufficient so here are another couple.
June 2, 2014 Subject:
Thank You Mil!!!
I loved the story. Mil Nicholson's reading, with all the characters having their voice. Truly, this reading is a blessing. I want to meet Jenny Wren, her character and voice were magic.
January 4, 2012 Subject:
Another Fantastic Reading by Mil Nicholson
If you wish to read a Dickens novel I highly recommend searching Mil Nicholson by name, who, as of today has read five of the classic works. The readings are treasures in themselves. Fantastic job! What a voice!
September 8, 2011 Subject:
Mil Nicholson's reading is excellent - I recommend her readings for any audiobook you can get your hands on. Really - she could be a pro (and is a professional actor, I think).
One of Dickens' best. The vast interweaving of characters, each of whom seems to be both a stock type, but also as real as you or I, is a pleasure to watch unfold.
Also satisfying is that under Dickens' divine machinations, everybody gets their just deserts. So it's kind of like a Jackie Chan movie, but with deeper characters and less kicking.
One of my favorite librivox listens ever.
August 14, 2011 Subject:
Mil Nicholson's reading is fantastic. Highly enjoyable, and a great story.